TSS Publishing

CNF Submissions

Creative Non-Fiction Submissions

TSS Publishing are currently OPEN to Creative Non-Fiction submissions until Wednesday 5th December, midnight (UK time).


Rachael Smart has a thing about words. Part-poet, part-prosateur, she has an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Nottingham and is thigh-deep in a hybrid collection about discontinued lipsticks. Rachael has a therapeutic perspective of creative non-fiction. She has undertaken life story work in child protection and researched the benefits of storytelling with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She has also facilitated life writing workshops with vulnerable adults. Rachael writes for The Motherload and helps coordinate their book club. She reviews books for STORGY. She rides a retro bike [with a basket.] You can find her on Twitter: @SmartRachael


Dr. Yvonne Battle-Felton is an American writer living in Lancaster, UK. A writer of fiction and Creative Nonfiction, her writing has been published in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, Welter, Slices, and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. Winner of a Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017), her first novel, Remembered (forthcoming 2019), is the story of an emancipated slave haunted by both the past and the present as she struggles to lead her dying son home. Yvonne’s practice-based research explores silence, legacies of slavery, motherhood, and community. Her novel will be published by Dialogue Books of Little, Brown Group (Hachette) in February 2019. Yvonne was shortlisted for the Words and Women Competition (2017) and commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017). Yvonne is represented by the Elise Dillsworth agency and holds an MA in Writing (Dual Concentration fiction and nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. She has been an Associate Professor at UMUC and is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University and a Lecturer at University of Cumbria. Yvonne is a creative producer, writer, and is co-founder and co-Director of North West Literary Arts CIC. Yvonne is co-creator of the North West Literary Salon, a monthly literary event featuring local writers, musicians and food; Stories at the Storey, a monthly true-story open mic night, and Off the Page, interdisciplinary creative writing workshops as well as founder of The Writing Life radio show. She aims to increase diversity in publishing and to build community one story at a time.


Please have a careful read of the terms below before sending us your work. The Submission form can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Entries should not exceed 4,000 words for memoir, personal essays, reportage and all other forms of CNF. Flash creative nonfiction must not exceed 800 words in total.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of creative nonfiction, please fact-check carefully and provide references for source materials; do provide us with a web link to verify sources where possible.
  • If there are any details in your CNF piece that you are unsure of due to memory and/or time passed, do email a disclaimer to clarify any creative liberties taken.
  • Consider the repercussions of writing about others. Seek permission if you decide to name people or anonymise where appropriate. TSS Publishing can hold no responsibility for any dispute raised regarding the content of your creative nonfiction.
  • Entries should be the sole work of the author. We accept translations written by the author. We accept creative nonfiction from anywhere and anyone in the world.
  • Entries should be 12pt, a regular font, i.e. Times New Roman, Calibri or Georgia, and at least 1.5 spaced.
  • Please put the title and word count on the first page. Please number the pages.
  • Do NOT put your name on the document. All reading is blind. 
  • Your work must not have been previously published online (incl. blogs, journals, websites) or in print (incl. magazines, books, journals). 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please submit as a Word Doc or DocX. We do not accept PDF files.
  • Please submit ONE piece only.
  • The decision of readers and editors is final. We do not enter into correspondence about decisions.
  • We do not wish to see essays that are gratuitously violent, sexual, or prejudicial.
  • Responses should be sent within 6 weeks. If you have not heard back from us by then, please email Miles: miles@theshortstory.co.uk

Selected writers will be published on the website (date tbc) and offered the choice of a chapbook subscription or £20 to be paid via PayPal (you must have a PayPal account). A few writers may also be offered chapbook publication. 

Please note that we only accept a small percentage of essays for each publication, but if your work is not selected for this round, you are welcome to submit another piece next submissions period.

If you have any difficulties submitting, please email Miles: miles@theshortstory.co.uk


Please note, only work sent between 24th October and 5th December will be considered. Work sent outside these dates will not be considered.

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